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The fourth official at the centre of the row over Jose Mourinho's dismissal in the Carling Cup final has said his behaviour was 'not acceptable'.
The Chelsea boss was ordered from the touchline after making a gesture interpreted as being inflammatory to the Liverpool fans, and was forced to watch the remainder of the match on a TV monitor inside The Millennium Stadium.
Mourinho insisted that by putting his finger to his lips he was making a signal to the English press, but fourth official Phil Crossley has now declared that the intention behind the action was not as important as the reaction it caused.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has escaped punishment for his touchline antics at Sunday's Carling Cup final.
The Portuguese tactician was sent from the touchline moments after his side had equalised in the win over Liverpool, as fourth official Phil Crossley believed he was inciting the crowd.
Mourinho was seen to put his finger to his lips as if asking for silence, with the fourth official believing his actions to be aimed at a section of Liverpool supporters.
Chelsea are facing a double disciplinary charge following their UEFA Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Camp Nou last week.
Uefa have confirmed that they are unhappy with the team's late arrival onto the pitch for the second half and with Jose Mourinho's non-appearance at the compulsory after-match press conference.
Chelsea have complained to Uefa about Barca coach Frank Rijkaard's half-time discussion with referee Anders Frisk but in the meantime, have received wrath themselves from football's governing body.
Jose Mourinho claims he has not read his warning from The Football Association, after his sending off at The Millennium Stadium.
The Chelsea manager was ordered from the touchline during last Sunday's Carling Cup final victory over Liverpool.
The Portuguese tactician put his finger to his lips, seemingly in a gesture to quieten the Liverpool fans, although Mourinho stated it was aimed at his media critics.